A crown is a full tooth coverage restoration used to improve the structure and/or aesthetics of a tooth. Crowns are most often used on teeth that have numerous broken down fillings, teeth that are worn down, or for teeth partially damaged by tooth decay.
After preparing the tooth, our dentists cement the new crown on the tooth, completely covering the tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Here at Centennial Lakes Dental Group, we typically utilize natural looking tooth colored porcelain because of their high strength and for their aesthetics.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a a dentist or dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.